The origins of World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad. It is from such roots as these that WDP has taken its present shape – a worldwide ecumenical movement of Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.
It was in 1928, at an international missionary conference in Jerusalem, that Scotswoman Grace Forgan first learned of the world day of prayer and brought the news to these islands. The first services were held:
1930 in Scotland, 1932 in England, 1933 in Wales, and 1934 in Ireland.
The Second World War was a time of great growth – drawing women together in prayer and fellowship.
In 1941 the WDP office in London was bombed and all property and records destroyed. There was no loss of life and minutes recovered from members enabled the bare bones of the first 9 years to be preserved.
The 2022 service took place on Friday 4 March at Burley Methodist Church at 2pm. The service was written by the women of England, Wales & Northern Ireland on the theme, 'I know the plans I have for you'.